This past weekend I had the opportunity to get a tour of the Simpson Racing store in Brownsburg, Indiana.
I was looking for a few particular items: a helmet, seat belts, and race suit (for Brandon).
Desire, the store manager, has been been with Simpson for over 18 years.
She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it came time to choosing which merchandise was the best fit for us.
The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) requires you to buy equipment that meets their set standards.
I ended up buying one of the best helmets on the market. (Shown below. I did not purchase the neck cover.) It’s made from carbon fiber and is extremely light, which will help take some weight off of my neck and spine.
Since I’m not racing dirt track, I’m hoping it won’t get too much wear and tear and will last me for many years to come.
Another rule not many people would think of, is that the seat belts expire. It’s been a few years since the car I’m driving has been raced so we had to upgrade those for the upcoming season.
There were a lot to choose from but I decided on the this one.
It has a new cam-lock system, opposed to the normal latch and link system. That system has been around for years, but I feel like the new cam-lock will be a little safer, in my opinion. I won’t have to be so worried about accidentally unhooking the seat belt with my arm or hitting it with something else in the car.
The last thing on our must-have list was a suit for my husband.
I just got a new suit for Christmas 2012 so I was already set. Fun fact: I was supposed to race last year but those plans got put on hold when we found out we were expecting.
They had several options to choose from.
But ultimately he chose last year’s model. He liked the appearance of it a little better than most and really liked the way it fit. I can’t find the one he got on the Simpson website, but they have a ton to choose from.
They also had a really great selection of gloves and shoes.
But I am already set in that department too.
Santa had also bought me some new shoes to go with my suit in 2012.
And if you aren’t a racer but still enjoy the sport, they offer Simpson merchandise for men and women – tshirts, hats, and bags.
If you’re looking for new gear, I urge you to stop by this store.
They have everything necessary to start your racing career or to upgrade it, and the staff is very pleasant to work with.
Thanks again for the friendly welcome, Desire! I’ll definitely be back in the future!
ps… who’s ready to go racing?!
Disclaimer: I was provided a discount for my review but all opinions are always my own.